illicit

[ ih-lis-it ]SEE DEFINITION OF illicit

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ILLICIT

There was no husband for her, only the illicit love of this man.

Very well, the clue which that notice afforded had to do with some illicit traffic.

Yesterday only an illicit lover: to-day the destroyer of children unborn!

Willis could appreciate the idea of locating the illicit press in France.

Thus the Priory might well ply a lucrative, if illicit, trade.

"Illicit stilling seems to be regarded like smuggling," said John.

Better of the two an imprudent match than an illicit connection.

In 1909, six illicit stills were seized on the Diomede Islands.

Nothing more strange could Keith have seen in this nest of the murky and illicit.

The extent to which this illicit commerce was carried, was enormous.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, from Old French illicite (14c.) "unlawful, forbidden," from Latin illicitus "not allowed, unlawful, illegal," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + licitus "lawful," past participle of licere "to be allowed" (see licence). Related: Illicitly.

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